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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

How to Study Overseas for Malaysian






Hi and salam,

I think its been ages I did not visit my own blog. I cant really say I'm too busy with my phD work but I was busy with other things in life - excuses. Well I got many Qs from readers about - how to study in overseas ?

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Thats me and friends (Malaysians) during our congregation in Sheffield University.


I made a mind map based on all the possible routes I know - if you know any other way it will be very helpful to share it in the comment box. 


Personally I think it is very crucial to score in your SPM, it is like a ticket for a bigger opportunity in life. With a good SPM result you are able to apply for various type of scholarship especially from JPA, MARA, Bank Negara, Petronas, etc etc. You need to be alert of the scholarship announcement which normally made in local newspaper. As for me myself I chose MARA (even I applied Petronas and MARA) and the reason is I want to have a total freedom in choosing my career and my employer. The good thing with MARA is it is very flexible in  term of the re-payment which is based on your achievement. If you scored well - first class then you do not need to pay anything AND of course you wont be forced to work with them too. 

However, there are many of those who prefers stability and assurance. They want to graduate, and get a job right away. That's what normally happen to most scholarship holders but bear in mind, it is not a 100% guarantee that you'll be offered a job. It will depend on availability and of course your performance/results. 

A level and International Bacca. normally took 2 years time and you can do it locally. Some made it within a year or a year and a half depending on your program. As for diploma, you need to be a diploma graduate with nice flying colors result, and you can also enroll for a twinning program degree between the local uni and UK university. 

Mine ? 

I did A-Level in Kolej MARA Seremban. 2 years program - engineering course. and fully funded by MARA through pembiayaan Skim Pelajar Cemerlang. We were required to score at least 13/15 which actually means you need to score at least ABB to be able to continue with Bachelor/Master Engineering. You'll choose your desired universities during your 4th semester. Then you'll know your result in August (as I recalled) if things are okay you'll be able to proceed to Master Engineering/Bachelor degree in any of the universities you applied earlier. 

A lot of people dont really know what is Master Engineering course ? 

Well I did Master Engineering in Sheffield University, and most people asked then where did I do my bachelor ? Master Engineering is a 4 years course consists of 3 years bachelor engineering + 1 year Master. The university will decide either we are eligible to continue with Master or not based on our 2nd year and 3rd year result. 

What so good about studying overseas ? 
Only those experienced it know it well ;) - well its the experience that counts. living independently without any family members around - thousands of miles away from home, you definitely need a huge amount of courage and day by day it will shapes a better you. Just make sure you choose the right route while staying there. Not everyone who are excellent in their SPM did well in ALevel or in their Bachelor/Master degree. Its all about how you manage yourself. I have seen many successes and I have seen many failures too throughout this journey. I felt bad towards those who did not make it to the end, and at the same time I learn from them, not to feel too comfy with our current achievement. The future is never certain, it depend on our effort today.

Well thats it for this time. Hope it helps and chaiyo everyone in achieving your dream !

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during y friend's congregation ceremony - she did her Master in Architecture in Northumbria University and previously studied Architecture in UITM Shah Alam and worked as assistant architect in Selangor.

Next : I might update about phD and Master. Daa~

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Evelyn Rose~Imanxx

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Rawatan dan Masa Depan adik Firdaus Dullah

I think seluruh negara bersedih atas berita adik Firdaus Dullah. Ada yang lebih fokus kepada mencari mana silapnya si ibu. Ada juga yang mengambilnya sebagai iktibar dalam memperbaiki diri dan memperbaiki sistem pengendalian anak-anak OKU di negara Malaysia. It is an eye opening. Mungkin cerita adik Firdaus mengejutkan kita, tapi mungkin masih ada lagi mereka yang bernasib sedemikian dan masih lagi tidak mendapat bantuan. 

I want to see adik Firdaus like these guys (video below), or many other kids who was born with Cerebreal Palsy and yet after treatment they can walk or at least they can fight the battle with their own difficulties. Its mind over matters! 


Remaja yang mengalami severe cerebral palsy berjaya graduate dari High School. He was taken care by his blind grandmother. His community donated $70,000 for him to buy a a wheelchair and a van to carry that will chair, and he got support from two other volunteers who took care of him and treated him like a man. giving him normal life. read detail in The Seattle Times 





Pada saya (yeah saya cuba menulis dalam bahasa melayu) apa yang paling penting sekarang adalah cara untuk memmbantu dan merawat adik Firdaus. Segala limpahan simpati tidak bermakna andaikata kita tidak mampu memberikan yang terbaik buat adik Firdaus. I strongly believe his condition can be improved. Maaf, saya percaya dengan keajaiban kerana banyak fakta membuktikannya. Saya kemukakan satu persatu fakta dan cadangan supaya mudah di hadam berdasarkan my short research on this issue:

  • Adik Firdaus Dullah dikatakan mempunyai penyakit Cerebral Palsy sebelum dia dijumpai dalam keadaan kurus kering. Cerebral Palsy adalah satu ketidakupayaan otak untuk mengawal otot-otot badan disebabkan oleh kerosakan di kawasan otak (yang mengawal koordinasi badan) sewaktu dalam kandungan, kesan kesukaran sewaktu melahirkan (bayi kekurangan oksigen). Setiap pesakit mempunyai simptom dan tahap yang berbeza. Pesakit biasanya tidak dapat bertutur (jika otot lidah tidak dapat dikawal dengan baik), tidak dapat berjalan (otot kaki), mempunyai masalah utk makan dll. Walaubagaimanapun, mereka BUKANLAH PESAKIT MENTAL !Mereka faham apa yang kita tuturkan, CUMA mereka tidak mampu memberikan tindak balas disebabkan oleh ketidak upayaan otak untuk mengawal otot-otot badan. 
  • Bekas pengasuh adik Firdaus melaporkan yang adik Firdaus boleh berdiri, tubuh badannya sihat dan boleh bertutur beberapa AYAT ringkas sebelum beliau berpindah. 
  • Apabila dijumpai adik Firdaus berada dalam keadaan severely malnutrion (kekurang zat makanan yang kronik). Satu penyakit yang biasa di dapati di negara yg mempunyai masalah kemiskininan seperti Afrika, Nigeria dll. Kekurangan zat yang kronik boleh menyebabkan struktur badan berubah, iQ berkurangan, otak menjadi lembap, imuniti badan berkurangan (yg menyebabkan mudahnya penyakit lain menyerang)
  • Saya percaya adik Firdaus mengalami trauma dan kesan dikurung dalam tempoh yang lama, saya percaya ia mampu menyebabkan seorang yang mengalami masalah psikologi. Walaubagaimanapun saya turut percaya kesan trauma adik Firdaus mampu diubati dengan memberikan sokongan, motivasi dan exposing him to the NORMAL WORLD. 
  • Pihak hospital sedang memberikan adik Firdaus rawatan untuk kes kekurangan zat makanan (memberikan makanan yg berkhasiat, memperbaiki sistem imuniti dll) dan berat serta keadaan badan adik Firdaus sudah semakin pulih. 
  • Berdasarkan laporan, adik Firdaus juga akan diberikan rawatan psikologi utk trauma dan fisioterapi sebelum dihantar ke pusat penjagaan. 
My question would be : WHAT IS NEXT ? SEJAUH MANA BANTUAN YANG AKAN DIBERIKAN KEPADA ADIK FIRDAUS ? 

  1. Saya harap bantuan yang benar-benar bantuan akan diberikan. Bukan sekadar melepaskan batuk di tangga. Maksudnya ? Bantu adik Firdaus hingga dia mampu berdikari dan percaya dengan kebolehan diri sendiri. Berdiri, berjalan walaupun dengan alat bantuan, bertutur/berkomunikasi.
  2. Melihatkan reaksi adik Firdaus sewaktu dijumpai, saya percaya mental ability nya normal. Kalau dia bukan normal, pasti dia sudah bertindak tanpa kawalan. He looked at those surrounded him. Tried to escape slowly as he was confused.When given help he didnt fight back. When he saw penjaga/ibu angkatnya dulu datang ke wad dia mampu duduk berdiri dan mencium pipi wanita tersebut. When his pictures were taken in ward, he gazed a little before closing his eyes. Psychologically he is in a state of  'letting go' and also being cautious for not knowing who were taking his pictures. 
  3. Saya percaya juga tahap cerebral palsy adik Firdaus bukanlah di tahap kronik (based on stages given by gillettechildren.org ) tapi stage tengah. 
  4. Dia perlukan sokongan org yang dia kenali yg percaya dia normal, dan dilayan sebagai orang normal. Cth : bekas pengasuhnya. dan masyarakat luar. 
  5. Saya khuatir andai dia dihantar ke pusat penjagaan/di jaga oleh bekas pengasuh, rawatannya tidak dioptimumkan. Pendek kata, tak ke mana.  
  6. Di luar negara : contoh di United Kingdom, USA, Singapore, pusat rawatan di sini sangat positif mengenai pesakit  Cerebral Palsy. Mereka percaya pesakit boleh dibantu sehingga mampu berdikari. 
  7. Bukan cuba untuk melebihkan rawatan luar negara, tetapi setelah mendengar temubual wartawan bersama Pengarah Hospital tempat adik Firdaus dirawat, saya rasa kesal yang amat. Saya TIDAK YAKIN yang dia mahu melakukan 'all out' for him. I couldnt hear the passion in her to treat him at the best possibility (yes, best possibility not just depend on their ability). Plus the way she classified Firdaus as having mental illness due to his cerebral palsy is very disturbing to me. Its a brain damage, not mental illness.  Dia bukan gila ! 
  8. Based on some studies on cerebral palsy treatment centers, their attitude is : CEREBRAL PALSY IS NOTHING ELSE BUT BEING DIFFERENT AND THEY REALLY ASSURE THEM THAT THERE IS NOTHING THEY CANT DO IF THEY WANT TO DO IT. 

Pusat Rawatan Cerebral Palsy di USA ( ranked as one of the top in the world) : Gilletechildren.org 


Cerebral Palsy Roadmap by gillettechildren : pdf 


Pusat Rawatan Cerebral Palsy di UK (the best in UK) : Bobath Centre 






" my mental helps up my physical tremendously. even if i feel physically i cant do it, but i'm telling myself mentally that i gonna move it, whatever, i'm going to move." 

" I surround myself with positive people, so when I myself felt like I cant do it. They wont let me give up. "

- Craig Koonce, Cerebral Palsy patient and also a weight lifter


p/s:  I can be very upset when someone say a person cant do something just because they are DIFFERENT! We are human. Our capability is unlimited ! It just that we still didnt explore it as much as we could. We are not robot with a certain specification. Get up  and start having a first class mind over most matters including people with differences issue. I am a dyslexic : a person who was said to have difficulties with words. but I'm a novelist. a writer. how far can i go if i was brainwashed that writing is not supposed to be my field ? or if I kept on being told that i'm a disabled ? Like seriously. Here we were told that being different is not a sin !
Da ~ 

Salam Ramadhan. 
Eva xx